Testimonials

Catherine

Catherine lives in rural Busoga, Uganda and currently has two children. Her husband, who no longer supports the family, tried to sell their property and belongings, and attempted to intimidate Catherine and her children into leaving home. He neglected his duties as a husband and father, and Catherine was forced to take of the children alone. Due to the neglect and hardship she was facing, Catherine’s third child became ill and passed away.

With the help of WORI, Catherine was given guidance and advice to start up her own business. She now sells charcoal and groceries to support herself and her children. Catherine is one of our proud #vocalwomen and will not be silenced.

Lydia

Lydia is the mother of three child in rural Busoga. For Lydia, being a mother in the home means to be respected, loved and to give love and respect back. Because her husband has neglected their family, Lydia came to WORI for help. Without WORI’s leadership training and advice, Lydia said she wouldn’t be able to see a future for her children.

Idah

Idah (on the right) is a community leader in rural Busoga. Here she is photographed with one of the many women she helps on a daily basis. Her role is to provides support for survivors of GBV, individuals living with HIV/AIDs and adolescent mothers among others in her community. She is a #vocalwoman and WORI is proud to have her as part of the family.

“My name is Nalongo Joy Musubika, I am 31 and living in Namulesa village. In 2014, I participated in a three week ‘Be the Leader you Desire’ training, which opened my eyes regarding how important it was for women to participate in the formation of by-laws. At my village many women engage in road side businesses, including selling foods and vegetables. The local council leaders in a meeting had passed a bylaw stopping women selling their goods by 8pm every day. This had greatly affected the women’s businesses and they had no way of making their voice heard by local council authorities. In March 2015, I was asked to present a women’s petition to the local council, which requested for a chance for women to air out their grievances regarding the bylaw that was passed. In the petition, women requested the council to extend the time of sale of their goods to 10pm to enable them to sell more goods and raised more money for their children’s needs.  I’m happy that the council granted our request and I know this was possible because of the communication and leadership training I got. Because of the leadership abilities I exhibited, the women requested me to represent them at parish level. During the recently concluded elections I contested and won a position for being a women’s representative at parish level. Now, I’m confident about my ability to lobby for greater opportunities. Many women still need these trainings to become better leaders. I am thankful for this opportunity offered to us by WORI. This training is an eye opener to most women and I encourage women to participate.”

“I am Namuwaya Susan, 29 years of age and the Chairperson of Mpayenda Kizibu women’s group in Muguluka Buwenge sub-county. During an identification in process for women leaders in July 2014, WORI gave me an opportunity to come for the women group leaders training, which I fully participated in together with my committee. Mpayenda kizubu women’s group engages in savings, credit and has a goat rearing business. Our group has been in existence for 5 years but it was stagnant, with poor savings. Members could not meet regularly and were not respective of the committee because they had a lot of doubts in women’s potential to lead the group, which had greatly affected our activities. After the training, I went ahead and passed on the skills and knowledge I and my team had learn;, this enabled us to come up with bylaws. To me, conflict resolution being related to wild animals and how they are able to survive in the wild being compared to people with different behaviours coming together in a group to work together taught me a lot on how to resolve group conflicts and group cohesion. My group has greatly improved and we now have savings up to 2.8 million shillings. The leadership and management skills have made it easier for me to steer the group in right direction. I am happy that we are moving towards a direction that will enable us to save more and improve on our personal business.”

“My name is Rose, I met the man when I was at school. He used to bring me sweets, chapatti and eggs. He used to touch me and tell me: “Sweet heart, I love you,” and afterwards he took me to his place. He took me as his wife, and we have a child together, but then he ran away. The police forced him to come back, but the abuse got worse. He doesn’t give me food or clothes, I don’t even have knickers. He slaps me and claims the child is not his, he doesn’t appreciate me and he forces me to carry heavy jerry cans. I am just suffering. He tells me I am HIV positive yet I was fine before I met him. My parents will accept me back but my mum cannot come for me because of the transport costs.” WORI helped Rose get back to her parents, train to obtain a job with income and start a new life. But there are so many girls like Rose who need help; they need medical attention, access to a lawyer and often they need a safe place to sleep for a night or two, so that they can make a plan for starting a new life.